on 14 January 2012
Having just read Leasor's The Unknown Warrior. I should now like to share my thoughts of this book with others. The Unknown Warrior retells an incident from WW2 that was unknown. It is written very well in fact so well I read it in two sittings till 0400hrs in two days. It gives the reader an insight into a behind the scenes window affecting the very brave and thoughtless men and women who did clandestine work for their country during very hard and difficult times to them and their families great risk, endangering all their lives. This is the story of a man whose father was Jewish and his mother a Roman Catholic. He volunteers to help Britain when he is interred in a camp. He joins a corps in England but is frustrated that he is only allowed to build barracks working as a labourer. He eventually is selected for a secret unit as he is fluent in German . During training, falls in love with a local girl. He volunteers for a mission behind enemy lines as part of the allied landings on Europe. When on this mission, he not only meets Rommel but eventually gets to meet Adolf Hitler. Unknown to him his handlers back in U'K. give him odds of 100 :1 on getting back safely. He eventually escapes just prior to a meeting with the Gestapo . During this escape he needs all his survival instinks and training to survive. My heart was in my mouth a few times. Lessor has written this so well you are taken inside the agents head. He cannot be captured by the Germans nor indeed the French Resistance. A compelling read and a book I thoroughly enjoyed. Interesting from page one throughout the book.
on 19 September 2012
I've always thought James Leasor has been greatly under-appreciated. Some of the Dr Love stories are just great adventures and his historical fiction is excellent. His research skills are very evident in this book which is packed with atmosphere and period detail. Future historians may revisit the story but they will not be able to relate atmosphere and detail as one who lived through those terrible times, or have the ring of authenticity of one knew personally some of the characters involved in this incredible story. A real page-turner and thoroughly engrossing. 100% recommended!